And then I got it: it's in the reflection Sasson stays tightly in what one of my pro Sasson was at a crossroads: unhappy at home, unhappy in college, her mother's chronic fear leaking over into Sasson's life.
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Sasson stays tightly in what one of my professors would call the 'I now': she tells the story as she experienced, with little by way of hindsight or analysis to tell the reader how she feels about those experiences years later or to give more context. Sometimes I love this kind of writing and I struggle to bring enough reflection into my own writing , but I so badly wanted more reflection here, because as it was I couldn't connect with Sasson. It's this: By the end of the first week, I'm overwhelmed, which turns into restlessness for me. I speak with the commanding officer to see if I can switch to a "sewing course" I'm not really into sewing, but at least I won't be responsible for applying any sewing knowledge back on Shitim , but she refuses, saying it's too late.
I figure that since I don't understand most of it anyway, there's not much point. Part of me wants to just give up. She giggles and laughs while looking at me. He does not give in to their request. I don't know why they're so eager to leave; I enjoy life in the platoon. I have no complaints about my job. When Aviv recommends me for a human resources course, I politely decline because I don't want to leave even for a short time.
Every time something isn't working out the way she expected, she cries and begs to be moved to a different group or a different assignment.
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If she's enjoying an assignment, though, and somebody else doesn't like it, she can't understand why. She set herself up as the 'class clown' of sorts, collapsing in hysterical laughter at the slightest provocation, but gets annoyed when somebody else doesn't take things seriously. All of that is okay in memoir.
I don't need to like a character to be interested in their story or to have respect for the way the author portrays themselves. But I needed more from writer -Sasson to understand character-Sasson. Did she see this pattern of getting overwhelmed and quitting?
Did she understand that she was both using humour as a crutch? She describes an inaccessible 'cool girl' with whom she wanted to be friends but whom she couldn't really reach, and I got the impression that the 'cool girl' might have been more open to someone else's overtures At a guess, she or the editors might have gauged that it would be a more accessible book if it stayed largely out of the politics of region's politics, but it left me with an uncomfortable we-Zionists-they-terrorists sense of her understanding of it all. Again, I'm not commenting on the author or her present-day views, just on the way she portrays her younger self.
Do with that what you will. I'm really glad I got my hands on it and am intrigued by the stuff She Writes Press is putting out, but I'd have loved an extra layer or two of depth here. May 30, Kathleen Pooler rated it it was amazing. Accidental Soldier is an engaging, multilayered story of a young woman who finds her voice and her inner strength by challenging herself to step outside her comfort zone and volunteer for the Israel Defense Services. In searching for independence from a controlling, worry-wart mother, she taps into a universal theme of the complexities of mother—daughter relationships.
With raw honesty and vivid prose, Sasson brought me so close to her experience I could taste the ethnic food, see the beautiful l Accidental Soldier is an engaging, multilayered story of a young woman who finds her voice and her inner strength by challenging herself to step outside her comfort zone and volunteer for the Israel Defense Services. With raw honesty and vivid prose, Sasson brought me so close to her experience I could taste the ethnic food, see the beautiful landscape, and feel the pain of her struggles and the triumph of her growth and transformation.
Her characters came alive on the page and her authentic, heartfelt reflections added a deeper dimension to her story. Too much self-disparaging behavior would have been a downer but she balanced it with a fierce determination and perseverance I admire. The scenic descriptions of Israel are exquisite and the details of the Israeli culture, rich and enlightening.
I love a story that not only inspires but also informs me of a world I would not otherwise know. The writing is crisp and flows freely. I highly recommend this memoir for anyone who wants to be invited into another culture and into the mind and heart of a young woman trying to find her way on the world.
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View 1 comment. Jun 09, Barbara Stark-Nemon rated it really liked it. Accidental Soldier traces Sasson's journey as an overprotected, but under-nurtured 19 year old girl from New York City, to soldier, kibbutz volunteer, and eventually English teacher in Israel. That story would be interesting enough, given Sasson's American birth to a talented but troubled Spanish-born mother and Israeli father, but a second narrative arc emerges in tandem which describes Sasson's interior struggle to separate from the controlling influence of her mother, and grow to recognize he Accidental Soldier traces Sasson's journey as an overprotected, but under-nurtured 19 year old girl from New York City, to soldier, kibbutz volunteer, and eventually English teacher in Israel.
That story would be interesting enough, given Sasson's American birth to a talented but troubled Spanish-born mother and Israeli father, but a second narrative arc emerges in tandem which describes Sasson's interior struggle to separate from the controlling influence of her mother, and grow to recognize her own strength and capacity for independence. Along the way, the reader meets other IDF recruits, both foreign and Israeli. We're given a fascinating insider view of the unique role the military plays in everyday life in Israel, and the close interrelationship between the IDF and the many settlements and kibbutzes that make up so much of the fabric of Israeli society.
Sasson's distinctive voice roots us in her very personal and revealing experience, and her willingness to expose her own weaknesses and fears as she faces both internal and outward hardships give this honest story a wonderful poignancy. Beyond sharing the engrossing tale of an American girl in the Israeli army, Accidental Soldier gives touching voice to Sasson's hard-won courage.
May 05, Hasadda rated it it was amazing. With a neurotically caring American mother and a remarried slightly distant, Israeli father, Dorit writes about the home court advantage of being a Lone Soldier in Israel with an Israeli father, Dorit speaks and understands Hebrew.
Each chapter brings her closer to being on her own path of independence, experiencing first love, long friendships, and conflicts during h "Accidental Soldier" is a page turning documentary of a young woman breaking through two worlds on a trek to establish her own. Each chapter brings her closer to being on her own path of independence, experiencing first love, long friendships, and conflicts during her years in the IDF - Israeli Defense Forces.
She writes also about her subsequent attendance of college, finding a spouse and reestablishing her relationships with her parents. I was spellbound by constant action and movement throughout the book, the growth into womanhood that Dorit developed into.
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Every part of this book was excellent - my only criticism would be one mention of "occupied territories," a phrase we would interpret as land not belonging to us, which might have been an oversight, not commonly used by Israelis. A worthy must for reading and understanding the inside workings of the women's forces of IDF.
I've met the author and commend her and her family for sharing their lives with us. May 08, AK Mama Reads rated it it was amazing. It is not often that I have to set a book down and process what I've read because it hits me so deeply. This happened on more than one occassion while I read Accidental Soldier.
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Now, my own experiences have been nothing like Sassoon's, I'm basically a hermit who loves to read and enjoys learning new things with my daughter. However, her memoir is so introspective and powerful that you can't help but put yourself in her shoes and feel deeply entrenched in the narrative of her emotional journey.
W It is not often that I have to set a book down and process what I've read because it hits me so deeply. We long to belong, and often times think that means staying put and letting the knowledge find us. Sassoon didn't take this approach, rather, she sought out her path and earned the key to unlocking her true potential in so doing. Even more incredible, she's not only written this chronicle of her experience to share with the world, but she also provides motivational podcasts and a myriad of tools for authors who want to find their own courage and get their works in the hands of new readers.
I can't emphasize enough how greatful I am to see such an emboldened work and admire the potential influence this book could have on generations to come. Jul 05, Cheryl Mclaughlin rated it it was amazing. She describes her day to day life over a period of many years -- When i would open the book at the end of my day, i would feel as though she was visiting me with an update on her experiences of that day.
An enlightening and compelling read that affords the reader a very unusual coming of age story - the author's experience in Israel, in the Israel Defense Forces and living on a kibbutz pulls you in in a way that you can feel the sand on your feet and the intense and unrelenting sun on your body.
An enlightening and compelling read that affords the reader the opportunity to learn so much about the geography, the history and the cultural norms of Israel. I think this book would be a very good recommendation for a young woman of high school age - to help her examine choices and the consequences of them - and to inspire courage and strength. Although Dorit did a good job of painting mental images of her uniform, her fellow soldiers, the kibbutz and the camps, I would have so loved to see photos in this book. Soon, her life narrowed to three activities: getting money for smack, scoring and shooting up.
After only a few months, Holden grew accustomed to using a pseudonym and having sex with eight men a night.
Eventually, thanks to her mother and to methadone, she got clean and left the sex trade. Her descriptions of the brothels are vivid, but there is something disconcerting about her almost total refusal to interpret her years as a prostitute. Early on, she acknowledges the debate about whether sex work exploits or empowers women, bur she never weighs in explicitly on either side. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again.
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